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Place matters: understanding the importance of place in sustainable building design

Sustainability Matters

July 27, 2021

So you have assembled a great sustainable design team with the best intentions, but do they have a deep understanding of the project’s place and its ecological, social and economic context? A few years ago, I was asked to develop the sustainability strategy for a large government precinct development in outer Melbourne. My first step was to ask permission to visit the site and talk with members of the

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Building Energy Engineering Adds "Green" To Residential Construction Practices

Homes and larger structures contribute significantly to global warming. According to a recent US EPA report, the commercial and residential building sector generated 11% of the total US greenhouse gas emissions in 2016. A Canadian government paper cited 2015 statistics showing buildings contributed 12% of Canada’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions.

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Construction, Development & Real Estate, Eco-Innovation, Environment & Climate


Ultrawhite paint cools buildings

Sustainability Matters

April 21, 2021

Engineers from Purdue University have created what is claimed to be the whitest paint yet, in an effort to curb global warming. The researchers say that coating buildings with the new paint formulation may one day cool them off enough to reduce the need for air conditioning. “If you were to use this paint to cover a roof area of about 1000 square feet, we estimate that you could get a cooling power of 10 kW.

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Vertical renewables in Melbourne

Sustainability Matters

April 15, 2021

Beulah’s Paragon tower in Melbourne’s CBD will be home to one of the largest vertical solar panel systems in Australia. b.energy was appointed to design, construct, operate and maintain the 128 panels installed on the core walls of the tower, which are set to outperform similar developments in terms of emissions reduction, cost reduction and green energy sustainability. The 42 kW system

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Construction, Development & Real Estate, Energy


Jacobs joins digital city transformation efforts

Sustainability Matters

April 13, 2021

Professional services company Jacobs has joined Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) to support action and investment in digital solutions that advance sustainability outcomes in our cities, towns and communities. SCCANZ is reported to be the world’s largest network of smart cities practitioners and policymakers. With Jacobs becoming a member company, SCCANZ Executive Director

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Computers & Electronics, Construction, Development & Real Estate



Can smart buildings be more equitable buildings?

GreenBiz Group

March 30, 2021

When I returned to the office after having my first child, I noticed for the first time that all of the offices and conference rooms either had windows or non-locking doors, which left me without any safe spaces for pumping. Fortunately, I work for a supportive company that requested modification from building management to convert a small conference room to a part-time pumping room. Shortly thereafter, the

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